Annually, nearly 2 million people in the U.S. become infected with bacteria that antibiotics can’t treat. Antimicrobial stewardship protects patients and reduces health care costs.
Violence in the health care setting is on the rise. Here is how The Joint Commission and health care organizations are addressing it.
Many states are strengthening regulations around medication compounding. A new Joint Commission certification for compounding pharmacies is intended to support compliance.
The Joint Commission debuts Speak Up™ To Prevent Infection
The Joint Commission has debuted its new Speak Up™ To Prevent Infection campaign—featuring free, downloadable educational materials in English and Spanish for the public and for health care providers to support patient involvement in their care.
Joint Commission cracks down on hand hygiene (subscription may be required)
The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is a peer-reviewed journal on innovative thinking, strategies, and practices in improving quality and safety in health care.
Inside the Latest Issue
This month, the Journal features studies on depression screening and follow-up, delivery of emergency general surgery care, maternal obstetric complication rates, real-time clinical decisions support, and more. The issue is available online free to the public until the end of 2019.
Improving efficacy of depression screening and follow-up
Depression is the leading cause of disability and often goes unaddressed, particularly for minorities, immigrants and refugees. A new study in the January 2019 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, “Not Missing the Opportunity: Improving Depression Screening and Follow-Up in a Multicultural Community,” by Ann M. Schaeffer, DNP, CNM, and Diana Jolles, PhD, CNM, details the work of Harrisonburg Community Health Center (HCHC), Virginia, to improve the efficacy of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for depression — an evidence-based approach to identify and treat disorders related to substance abuse.
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